One of the state of New Jersey’s top defensive tackle prospects is looking towards the ACC. Matawan High School (NJ) star Carl Howard, a 6-6, 290 pound DT prospect, has received official scholarship offers from 12 programs.
The ACC expansion had a positive effect on Howard, who now recognizes the conference among the elite in college football.
“I want to play in the ACC,” said Howard, whose offers include Virginia Tech, Maryland, NC State, Clemson, and a verbal offer from Virginia. “At least that is the way I’m leaning right now. They are now the best conference around – at least up here and on the East. Most every school wins. They have a lot of top schools now, and the Big East has kind of gone down competition wise.”
Howard says he is wide open right now, however he has thought about which schools he would like to officially visit. He wants to take his time before making a decision.
“I’m pretty wide open,” said Howard. “I want to keep all of my options open. Right now, I want to concentrate on my season. I’ll take all five visits before making a decision, and narrow my list before I begin my visits. Right now, I’m thinking about visiting Virginia Tech, Maryland, and NC State. I want to take all five visits.”
Howard is also considering UVA for one of his official visits.
“I’m considering officially visiting UVA if they officially offer me,” said Howard. “They said they will. I think they will because they have been recruiting me since my sophomore year.”
Boston College, Syracuse, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Rutgers are among the other schools to officially offer Howard. Tennessee and Miami (FL) are actively recruiting him.
Besides his phenomenal size, Howard possesses great athleticism for a mammoth defensive tackle. He has consistently run a 4.8 in the 40 yard dash, which is what separates him from other prospects.
“I’ve always been fast for my size,” said Howard. “I consistently run a 4.8 in the 40. I would always look to race wide receivers or defensive backs. It’s something I’ve been blessed with throughout my life. It helps me do things other defensive linemen can’t do.”
Howard promises to be one of the most highly recruited prospects in the state of New Jersey. He is on track to qualify academically, and is using the summer to take SAT prep courses. Howard wants to major in Business.
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